Series: A Royal Wedding #1
Published by HQN on November 19, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Princes have pomp and glory—not crushes on commoners.
Nothing gets the tongues of London’s high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detective—and an even greater interest in Eliza.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more salacious than a prince dallying with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And when things heat up behind closed doors, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
In The Princess Plan, which is the first book in this authors latest series “A Royal Wedding” is quite a unique story and one that I have to be honest I was so on the shelf about whether I would be reading this book. Not because I don’t admire or appreciate the author, quite the opposite. BUT sometimes her books are so SLOW for me and I am already struggling picking up historical romances of late and I had NO idea what this book would deliver or if I would have to DNF because I couldn’t get into it but I can safely and confidently pronounce this book was such a solid read *whew* thank goodness because I was holding my breath there but definitely worked for me in many ways.
Our story begins with Prince Sebastian of Alucia who is visiting England to build trade agreements with England and might be looking for a wife that would fit his fathers criteria. During a masqued ball Sebastian finds a woman in the hallway, drunk and the attraction is instantaneous between them but Sebastian remains a gentleman. Eliza Tricklebank is the daughter of a judge and when she ends up at a masqued ball she meets the infamous prince everyone seems to be raving about. But when his secretary and best friend is murdered, Eliza is drawn into the investigation and soon Eliza and Sebastian will work together and as they dig their way to discovering who is behind it all, their relationship builds into something vibrant and tender but Eliza has no place in Sebastian’s future…or does she?
The Princess Plan was such a fabulous beginning to a series I am definitely looking forward to picking up more. I was so drawn to the heroine especially in this book. Eliza is dealing with a new venture of a running a gossip gazette and her father is blind and dealing with the lashback of that especially in how society views her and her father. I really loved her spirit and her attitude, she takes things in gently and perseveres and doesn’t let much get her down. She has such vibrancy within her character you are instantly drawn into it. Sebastian is a delightful hero. He does come off as a “playboy” or rake at times, especially in the beginning. But he is true to his friends and bound by his duty and tries to do right by his expectations. Seeing him drawn to Eliza was beautiful in many ways, we see a new energy breathed within him and seeing Eliza and Sebastian figure their way our towards their happy ever after was breathtaking in the journey of it. And that ENDING…*sight* swoonworthy fairy tale type ending that will curl your toes and leave you aching for more of it.
Overall I found The Princess Plan to be a outstanding addition to Julia London’s works, its a story of drive, mystery, and never giving up on love